For the past several months I’ve been getting in touch with myself as a person and, more importantly, as a writer. I wanted to know what made me tick and what sorts of things were most important to me, both as a writer and as a someone who values a good book. In doing this, I’ve spent a lot of time reading. Reading both new things and old favorites, and it’s led me to do a great deal of thinking. I’d like to start sharing those thoughts. Whether anyone really cares, I don’t know but I’d like to put some of my opinions down anyway.
So in the coming weeks and possibly months, I will be starting a series of book reviews. These will not necessarily be the sort of reviews one normally reads. For starters, I’m not going to give general summaries. I’m not going to half ass my thoughts just so that it’s spoiler free. These will be in depth conversations, whether anyone chooses to read or participate or ignore them.
One of my favorite authors whose books will certainly be reviewed, John Green, has a saying. Books belong to their readers. If you’ve never heard this before, it basically means that the things you imagine while reading, and the connections you make, are just as important as the ones the author intended. So I’ll be exploring my own connections to the works which have moved me most over the course of the my life and the past few years.
Some of the books I plan to review include, the works of John Green, the Harry Potter series and Beedle the Bard, the Uglies series, We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson, among others.
Beyond the scope of these reviews, I also have a few other fiction related posts coming soon as well. While I work on these, I’d like to encourage you, fellow writers, to look back at the fiction you most treasure and to get back to this fundamental part of being a writer that too many of us seem to forget. Being a reader.